Waldo's October 31st, 2017 GEM cruise from NY

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#21
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Joined Jul 2010
Day Three: Friday 11/03/17 (Sea Day #3)

We woke up to another sunny day. We decided to use the pool before breakfast. We loved the pools on this ship. There was a family pool and an adults only pool. Both were decent sizes for the size of the ship. There were 3 hot tubs, one which was designated for adults only. The pools and hot tubs were never crowded the whole cruise. We swam for an hour and then ate a little breakfast. After breakfast we went to the Atrium to purchase two excursion tickets to the “Catamaran Snorkel Trip” in St. Kitts. It was now time to learn howto make balloon animals and then over to Magnums’ for another round of Goofy Golf. I did lousy but Nancy took 2nd place in the women’s bracket. We then squeezed 2 miles in on the treadmill before going to dinner. Our plan was to make as many of the 5pm dinner seating as we could so we could go to the 7pm shows. Tonight was a show performed by a Vegas entertainer named Katy. Katy was a singer (who performed in Las Vegas) and would sing songs as a tribute to the Divas. She was very good and it was a great show. After the show we went to the Atrium to play in a Trivia Game called “Last Man Standing”. Trivia can make you hungry so we got a snack and then were in our cabin by 10pm. We wanted to get some sleep before our 7am wake up call.

(12 Waldo shout outs/ 38 total)
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#22
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Joined Jul 2010
Day Four: Saturday 11/04/17 (St. Kitts)

Our alarm and wake up call got us up at 7am. We got dressed and went up to the Garden Café for a small breakfast. We were supposed to meet at 8:50am for our“Catamaran and Snorkel” excursion. Since we got to the meeting spot 30 minutes early we checked out a few shops. St Kitts has a very nice shopping area at the port. Our plan was to do the excursion (cost was$99 minus 10% Silver Member discount) and then go back to the cabin to shower and change our clothes. We were going to have lunch and then spend a few hours shopping and sending emails. It didn’t turn out that way. The Catamaran ride was fun and informative. The snorkeling was nice but didn’t have many fish. The highlight was when we were able to see a large turtle and follow it for about 5 minutes. As soon as the snorkeling was over the boat crew opened up the bar. We drank quite a bit and don’t exactly remember going back to our cabin. When we woke up it was 4:30pm and we were heading out to sea, so much for walking around town. We hadn’t eaten all day so we went up to the Garden Café at 7pm. We had some pasta,scallops, shrimp and pork for dinner. All the food was very good. We went back to the cabin at 8pm and fell asleep around 10pm. Tonight’s show was the “Second City Improv” which we have never liked. We have seen this show 3 times before and didn’t want to see it again. This was the only show we would miss.

(7 Waldo shut outs/ 45 total)
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#23
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Joined Jul 2010
Day Five: Sunday 11/05/17 (St. Lucia)
We woke up at 8am. Our plan was to walk to Vigie Beach following directions that we got from someone on Cruise Critic. We were going to swim for a few hours and then walk back to the ship. Between the rain and the constant hounding by taxi drivers, tour guides and people selling drugs and the fact we weren’t entirely sure we were going the right way we decided to head back to the ship. Because it was Sunday the only shops we found open were at the pier. We looked through the shops at the pier and then went back to the ship. We didn’t see much of the island but it seemed very grungy from the little bit we saw. Back on the ship we took advantage of the empty pool and hot tubs. While Nancy went to the cabin I did 2.5 miles on the treadmill. Nancy met me at the Garden Café for lunch. We did go back to the pier to use the free WiFi. Now it was time to go back to Magnums for another round of Goofy Golf. After golf we went to O’Sheehan’s for wings and then out on the ship deck to watch the sail away. We watched some Sunday football until it was time for the 7pm show called “Blazing Boots”. This was another very good show. After the show we went to dinner at the “Orchid Gardens”. The food was good, not great. As we were eating we noticed an island and the fact that the ship was not moving. I guess Barbados was so close (our next island) that the GEM was just drifting of the coast of St. Lucia to save fuel. We watched some more NFL football on the large screen in the Atrium until it was time for the deck party with the live band “Sonata”. Great music, lots more food then off to bed.
(3 Waldo shout outs/ 48 total)
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#24
Central Illinois
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Joined Apr 2008
Enjoying the review and photos, thanks!
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Bob

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#25
Lancaster PA
87 Posts
Joined Feb 2015
Enjoying your review! We will be on this itinerary on the Gem in January, so really happy to read through your review for a glimpse of what to expect! Thanks for sharing!!
#26
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Joined Jul 2010
Day Six: Monday 11/06/17 (Barbados)
We woke up at 8am and had a small breakfast. Our plan was to walk to the “Boatyard”. As we were getting directions from the port officers, they told us we could take a shuttle for $5 one way per person. This sounded like a great idea. This was an interesting ride from the pier through the capitol to the beach. We were dropped off and paid our $20 per person. We booked our snorkel tour,picked out our 2 chairs/umbrella and got our free drinks. We both got a beer and took a swim.
There were also 3 inflatable that were included in the package. While swimming we were paged for our snorkel time. This was worth the admission alone. We were taken out to 2 ship wrecks for over an hour. We saw the sunken ships and many fish. This was the best snorkel of our vacation. The last part of the package was a free ride back to the cruise port. We went back to our cabin to shower and change and then went upstairs and had a quick lunch. After lunch we went back to the port shops at 2pm to get souvenirs and use the free WiFi. We got back to the ship at 4pm. We went up to the Garden Café for ribs and pasta. We were going to wait for the ship to leave port but it kept getting delayed. We were supposed to depart at 5pm but didn’t leave until 7pm. At 7pm we went to the “Jean Pierre Parent Magic Show”. We thought the show was amusing but not up to the standards of the other shows. It had some decent comedy mixed in with card tricks. We watched a little NFL football and then listened to the “Sonata Band”. My wife really wanted to see the “Tina Turner Tribute” so we stayed to watch it. The show was excellent. I don’t really care for her music but could appreciate how well it was done. After the show we went back to the cabin. We finished watching the NFL football game and then went to bed at 1am.
(9 Waldo shout outs/ 57 total)
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#27
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Day Seven: Tuesday 11/07/17 (Martinique)
We woke at 7amand had a small breakfast. After breakfastwe walked around the ship taking pictures. We left the ship at 10am. Wewalked all around the city, took pictures, visited the church and library andwaded a little at a small beach near the pier. We walked for about 3 hours and went back to the ship by 2pm. We had a quick snack and I took a dip in thepool and hot tub while Nancy was relaxing on a lawn chair. At 4pm the Captain announced that there wereproblems with the propeller and it could only move at a slow speed, we wouldnot be able to make it home. Instead ofheading to St Thomas we were being re-routed to Grenada and the stay was beingextended to 6pm. Thursday and Fridaywere supposed to be sea days but that itinerary was being changed. Thursday would still be a sea day but theship was being re-routed back to Barbados. It would arrive at 1:30am Friday and they would begin to start flyingpeople from Barbados to NJ. We had asnack, got dressed and went to the 7pm show. Tonight was a Ventriloquist named Kevin Johnson. He was funny and entertaining but (like themagician) could have had a little better act. After the show we went to dinner at the “Magenta” for the firsttime. Nancy had the fish and I had SteakDiane, both good. When dinner wasfinished we went to a Bee Gees/ABBA tribute by the band Sonata and then watchedthe “Liars Club Game Show” in the Spinnaker. We went to the “Late Night Dance Party” on the pool deck and then backto our cabin at midnight.

(4Waldo shout outs/ 61 total)
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#28
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Joined Jul 2010
Day Eight: Wednesday 11/08/17 (Grenada)
We woke and had another quick breakfast. We left the ship at 10am, our intention was to walk around the port city. We were greeted by a local who was going to take us to some places to look at spices. I started to realize that we were being scammed and he was trying to charge us for a “walking tour”. I should have charged him for my lost time! There wasn’t much to look at in the downtown area. We went back to the ship for lunch. Around 1:30pm we got on our bathing suits and took the water taxi ($5 each way per person) to the beach. We swam and had a beer. This must have been the place to go. We kept bumping into people from the cruise. We went back to the ship at 4pm, showered and went out for a snack. We went to the 7pm show “Duo Dynasty”, a fantastic aerial duo. After the show we went for fish and chips (very good) and wings at O’Sheehan’s. After dinner we talked to Guest Services about our flights and then listened to Sonata (we love this band) in the Atrium. We turned in our travel form and went up to the “White Hot dance party”. We had a cup of tea and then were in our cabin by 11:30pm.
(10 Waldo shout outs/ 71 total)
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